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Making Room For and Encouraging Spirited Play

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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Making Room For and Encouraging Spirited Play

A barrier to including arts into a business can be the age-old question “How?”. Leadership for many companies wonder how will they do this, and after that, what is the benefit, what does this look like, and more. And while having a fully integrated arts program in your business can be award-worthy (see: Americans for the Arts honors the 10 best businesses in the country that partner with the arts), sometimes it’s important to acknowledge the little steps that can be made in this direction.

 

Like, play.

 

Creating an environment of play can generate space for creativity to flourish.

 

In the article “The Power of Play at Work,” Michelle Burke, team and workplace specialist, shares insight from the founder of the National Institute for Play, “Not only does having a playful atmosphere attract young talent, but experts say play at work can boost creativity and productivity in people of all ages. There is good evidence that if you allow employees to engage in something they want to do, (which) is playful, there are better outcomes in terms of productivity and motivation.”

 

The pARTnership Movement agrees. And this type of play can take on many artistic forms:

 

 

Michelle further details about play, “… employees are more engaged, collaborative, focused when they are working, more creative and ultimately perform better,” noting companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Ideo, all known for work environments that make room for and encourage play.

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Graffiti and Street Art Corporate Team Building Workshop

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Graffiti USA, a nationwide collective of professional graffiti and street artists who specialize in corporate office murals as well as live art for events, commercial and residential murals, and interactive art, worked with E.&J. Gallo Winery (Prophecy Wine) on a corporate workshop and team building event for their sales teams in multiple cities (New York, Hoboken, Chicago & Boston.)

 

Prior to the event, Graffiti USA created custom murals based on the Prophecy wine label that each team would try to recreate within 45 minutes. Providing each team with the materials (water based spray paint, stencils, protective gear, and fabricated walls or canvases) the Graffiti USA team were able to encourage creativity and judge the teams on team work and execution.

 

These art challenges are a unique and fun way to engage employees and bring together individuals from different departments for team building and enhancing workplace culture.  

 

More Companies that Love Graffiti Art

 

 

Lyrical Asset Management’s Interactive Sound Mural Activated by Touch


Investment company Lyrical Asset Management positions that their sole aim in crafting

 their investment program is to maximize long-term investment returns.The video above showcases the painting process, finished product, and how employees can use the mural as an instrument itself to compose their own music in real time. More details and video here.

 

 

Weber Shandwick’s coy fish 

 

Weber Shandwick is one of the world’s leading global public relations firms with offices in major media, business and government capitals around the world. Their midtown NYC office boasts a few custom murals.

 

 

 

 

Eisai Inc.’s molecular structures 

 

Pharmaceutical company Eisai Inc. has custom office murals that depict formulas and molecular structures of their drugs reacting inside the human body.  

 

 

 

All works of art above are brought to each company by Graffiti USA.

 

Photos: Graffiti USA

 

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